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    (CNN)As the House's January 6 committee continues its work to get to the bottom of what happened before, during and after the riot at the US Capitol, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a warning for them: If Republicans take over the House, you could well be arrested.Yes, really."I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down," Gingrich told Fox's Maria Bartiromo. "And the wolves are going to find out that they're now sheep and they're the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they're breaking."Which raises a simple question: What laws does Gingrich believe the members of the committee -- which includes two Republican House members -- are violating exactly?It will surprise you not at all that a) Gingrich didn't say and b) Bartiromo didn't ask. (What did she say? "Well, this is such great analysis.")Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich elicited a scathing response from Capitol riot committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday after the retired Republican lawmaker suggested she and other members of the January 6 panel could face jail time if the GOP becomes the majority party after the 2022 midterm elections. 'A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution,' the Wyoming Republican on the Democrat-led committee said. 'This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.' Gingrich, who led the House through Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, spoke with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday morning where he accused Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Capitol riot panel of 'running amok' and 'breaking the rules.' He compared the committee to a 'lynch mob' before stunningly suggesting without evidence that the members of Congress on the panel could be incarcerated in the new Congressional term on January 4, 2023 -- after an election that multiple polls have suggested may...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees alleged abuses by the House Select Committee and the Department of Justice investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol as having consequences. During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gingrich suggested those who he said were misusing and abusing the process could “face a real risk of jail” for the laws they had broken during the so-called investigation. “Well, you have, both with Attorney General Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” he said. “They are breaking the rules. They are going after people in a way which is reminiscent of the British monarchy using closed-door systems that we outlawed deliberately because we’d seen it. We knew what it was like. And they’re running over people’s civil liberties. And what they need to understand is, on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.” “And all these people who’ve been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going...
    Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) shot back at Newt Gingrich for claiming they and the rest of the January 6 Committee might go to jail. The former House speaker joined Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures to talk about an op-ed Gingrich wrote where he claimed the committee’s members will face retribution if Republicans ever take back control of Congress. “I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” Gingrich said. “And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.” As it were, Cheney and Kinzinger are both Republicans, and they’ve stood apart from their conservative colleagues over the past year by demanding former President Donald Trump and his allies be held accountable for the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Cheney took notice of Gingrich’s comments, and she said that his idea for Congress to someday weaponize itself against the committee represents...
    Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chair of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol, confirmed to Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that former Attorney General Bill Barr had been speaking with his committee. Brennan asked Thompson about the recent reports about a draft executive order from the Trump White House that would have directed the Defense Department to seize voting machines in battleground states in the weeks following the 2020 election, specifically if the committee intended to speak with Barr about this issue. The order was among the documents that former President Donald Trump had gone to court to block them being turned over to the Jan. 6 committee, but ultimately the Supreme Court ruled against Trump, allowing the National Archives to release the documents. The draft executive order included instructions to appoint a special counsel “to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected,” and called on the Secretary of Defense to release a “final assessment” up to 60 days later, which would have been after Trump’s term was scheduled to...
    Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas said a recent report that Donald Trump considered an executive order to have the military seize voting machines in 2020 battleground states 'very serious' during a Sunday television interview.  Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack, confirmed this morning that such an executive order was drafted.  The top GOP lawmaker on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told CBS News' Face The Nation he hopes the 'truth will come out' in the Democrat-led investigation into the January 6 insurrection as well as the Justice Department's probes into the matter. It was a rare right-wing vote of confidence for the committee from a lawmaker whose re-election bid was endorsed by Trump as recently as November of last year.  His tone puts him at odds with the former president, who has been known to lash out at Republicans who express support for the committee or dispute his claims that the 2020 election was rigged.  It was also a stark departure from many of his colleagues in the House Republican Caucus, who...
    Newt Gingrich says that January 6 committee members “face a real risk of jail” should Republicans take over the House after the 2022 election. Appearing on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Baritromo, Gingrich expanded on an op-ed he wrote for Newsweek earlier this week titled “The Wolves Will Become Sheep,” in which he argued that January 6 committee members will have the tables turned on them if the GOP should gain control of Congress. “You have — both with Attorney General [Merrick] Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” Gingrich argued. He added, “What they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And all these people who have been so tough, and so mean, and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every e-mail.” Gingrich went on to blast Garland and the Jan. 6 committee as a “lynch mob.” He warned that Republicans may look...
    The House Select Committee has uncovered a draft of an executive order written sometime in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election. According to Business Insider, the order would have called for the U.S. Secretary of Defense to "seize" voting machines and select a special counsel to conduct an election investigation. The document, reportedly dated December 16, 2020, "outlines a plan for the Pentagon to take the machines and for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct an assessment of the machines within 60 days of their seizure." "Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention," the draft order said. In addition to suggesting a government seizure of voting machines, the order also echoes multiple election conspiracy theories largely circulated by former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump's controversial campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, both of whom are known Trump allies. "The appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee this operation and institute all criminal and civil proceedings as...
    We’ve been lulled into believing Donald Trump is made of teflon. He was, after all, the guy who boasted that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote. But Trump’s luck began to run out in early 2021—when he lost the White House, Air Force One, and his Twitter account in a few weeks’ time. His days of getting away with conduct that would sink anyone else appear to be over. He could even start losing so much that he’ll get sick of losing. Trump was met with a huge setback Wednesday when the Supreme Court ordered the 45th president to turn over records leading up to Jan. 6. You can practically hear Trump saying: “So this is what I get for giving those three clowns their jobs!” His only proponent in the 8-1 decision was Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife, Ginni, expressed “LOVE” to the Trump supporters coming to Washington on the morning of the attempted insurrection. The ruling vastly improves the chances the House committee investigating Jan. 6 will get their man. Documents...
    This story first appeared at BlumsLaw. Ivanka Trump must be feeling the heat. New York Attorney General Letitia James has subpoenaed Ivanka to testify and produce documents related to the Trump Organization's shady business practices. James has also subpoenaed Donald Trump Sr. and Donald Jr. Last October, Eric Trump had his deposition taken in the same probe, and reportedly invoked his 5th Amendment right to remain silent over 500 times. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is also interested in Ivanka. In a letter sent on Jan. 20, the committee asked Ivanka to sit for an interview to discuss the events of Jan. 6, and to share her knowledge of any "conversations [she] may have witnessed or participated in regarding the [former] President’s plan to obstruct or impede the counting of electoral votes." The letter expressed particular interest in hearing from Ivanka on four overlapping subjects: (1) The ex-president's calls with Mike Pence. (2) Any statements made by the former president on Jan. 6 about the attack on the Capitol. (3) The...
    Just two days after the Supreme Court rejected Donald Trump's final bid to keep his White House records under wraps, the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 is now in possession of "more than 750 pages" of Trump's White House documents, according to The Independent. The Jan. 6 Committee has receipts galore now. The legal liabilities will be endless, no doubt. Whether they amount to anything is another question altogether. But the first juicy revelation from the trove included a draft executive order, dated Dec. 16, 2020, that would have directed the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines. Who authored that order remains unclear, but the scheme is consistent with one that one-time Trump attorney Sidney Powell had been pushing around the same time. In a Dec. 18 meeting at the White House detailed by Axios, Powell urged Trump to seize the machines and then appoint her to a special counsel role to investigate voter fraud. So stay tuned—there's surely more to come. But, by and large, it's been a terrible week for Trump and his family, as the Washington Post...
    As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection moves along, it is examining Ivanka Trump’s actions that day — especially the former White House senior adviser urging her father, then- President Donald Trump, to call off his supporters when the U.S. Capitol Building was under attack. This week, Ivanka Trump’s importance to the committee is the focus of a column by liberal Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent and an article by blogger Marcy Wheeler. Sargent notes that the committee’s “new focus on Ivanka Trump” shows that it “is developing an unexpectedly comprehensive picture of how inextricably linked the violence was to a genuine plot to thwart a legitimately elected government from taking power.” “The importance of the role of the former president’s daughter emerges from the committee’s letter inviting her to testify,” Sargent explains. “As the violence raged, President Donald Trump sent a tweet attacking Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to subvert the congressional count of electors. This tweet energized many in the mob to break into the Capitol and try to disrupt...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating January 6 has received all 700-plus pages from the National Archives that former President Donald Trump had tried to block the panel from receiving.A spokesperson for the National Archives told CNN, "Yesterday evening NARA provided the Select Committee with all the records at issue in the litigation."The Supreme Court cleared the way for the panel to receive these documents earlier this week. Trumps January 6 documents are on their way to the House. When can we see them and whats next?The Archives said in a court filing in October that the records Trump wanted to keep secret include handwritten memos from his chief of staff about January 6, call logs of the then-President and former Vice President Mike Pence and White House visitor records.The panel is also hoping to receive from the Archives never before seen drafts of videos Trump made on January 6 before releasing the final video calling on his supporters to leave the Capitol.Read MoreA committee source would not share what was in the tranche of documents the panel has received.This story...
    Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Friday urged Ivanka Trump to testify before the House January 6 committee if she has 'nothing to hide' – and says she believed testimony that Ivanka implored the president to act during the Capitol riot.   'I hope that she will go,' said Grisham, a day after the committee requested Ivanka come to testify about the time she spend with her father while the Capitol riot was unfolding. 'I can't telegraph what Ivanka should do. I would hope that she would go. To me, if there’s nothing to hide I’m not sure why any of these people won’t just go and talk proudly about what happened that day, right?' Grisham told CNN Friday. Grisham her self testified before the committee earlier this month.   Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham spoke to the House Jan. 6th committee. She said she hopes Ivanka Trump will appear before the panel after its voluntary request 'If they've got nothing to hide and nothing bad happened just go, sit down, tell the truth, and leave,' said Grisham,...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' newest anti-woke legislation would bar schools and private businesses from making students or employees feel 'guilt' or 'any form of psychological stress' because of their national origin, sex or race. Specifically, the bill would outlaw teachings that assert certain individuals are 'inherently racist [or] sexist] - or 'morally superior' - or that characterize individuals' status as 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their race, sex or national origin.  'No individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, solely by the virtue of his or her race or sex. No race is inherently superior to another race,' said Republican Sen. Manny Diaz, the bill's sponsor. It is not about ignoring the 'dark' parts of American history, but rather ensuring that people are not blamed for sins of the past, Diaz said. 'Senator Diaz's bill makes clear that no Floridian—student, worker, or anyone else—should be made to feel inferior on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin,' said DeSantis' press secretary, Christina Pushaw Newsweek. 'These immutable characteristics have no bearing on an individual's character. It is...
    South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg most likely knew he had run over and killed a man on the night of the fatal 2020 crash before telling a 911 dispatcher that 'it could be' a deer, out-of-state criminal investigators told a committee considering bringing impeachment charges.  Investigators said they doubted Ravnsborg's insistence, both in public and in law enforcement interviews, that after the fatal hit-and-run of 55-year-old Joseph Boever near the town of Highmore in September 2020, the AG initially thought he had hit an animal.  They pointed to what they believed were two slips in Ravnsborg's account as he was being interviewed by law enforcement officers 18 days after the crash.  'He said he saw him. The only other person out there was Joe Boever,' North Dakota Special Agent Joe Arenz said, referring to a point in the Republican AG's interview where he said that as he was surveying the accident scene, he turned around and saw 'him.' 'So I know exactly where I turn around and saw him,' Ravnsborg, 45, said during the recorded interview with investigators, before quickly...
    (CNN)On Wednesday evening, the US Supreme Court removed the last obstacle to a congressional committee receiving critical documents about the January 6 insurrection. The National Archives has already started turning over Trump administration documents to the committee investigating the January 6 attacks, with more to follow. The House select committee can use this trove of evidence -- including handwritten notes, daily logs and draft documents -- to pursue accountability and to shape legislative proposals to armor our democracy against further assaults.JUST WATCHED'Extraordinary rebuke of the former President': Toobin weighs in on SCOTUS decisionReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCH'Extraordinary rebuke of the former President': Toobin weighs in on SCOTUS decision 02:48The speed with which this case moved through the courts validates the committee's urgent approach to its mission, and undercuts the weak executive privilege claims that former President Donald Trump's allies have used to try to hide the truth from the American people.But -- perhaps as a tradeoff for the decision's speed -- it does not signal entirely smooth sailing going forward.In October, Trump, continuing his pattern of litigation to evade accountability, sued...
    By Annie Grayer | CNN The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot is asking former President Donald Trump’s daughter and then-senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump to voluntary cooperate with its investigation, a major step for the panel closing in on the former President’s inner circle. The committee publicly released a letter dated Thursday addressed to Ivanka Trump seeking “voluntary cooperation with our investigation.” In the letter, the committee revealed explosive new details about the former President’s actions on the days leading up to and on January 6. A key investigative thread the panel wishes to discuss further with Ivanka Trump is her knowledge of her father’s efforts to try and stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election and the specific pressure campaign that he enacted on former Vice President Mike Pence to bend to his will. The panel said Ivanka was privy to a telephone conversation between her father and Pence on the morning of January 6 where her father tried to convince Pence to impede the certification of the 2020 presidential election, where she could...
    January 20, 2021, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, USA: IVANKA TRUMP, senior adviser to President Trump, JARED KUSHNER, senior White House adviser, and their children arrive at the farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. Trump departs Washington with Americans more politically divided and more likely to be out of work than when he arrived, while awaiting trial for his second impeachment - an ignominious end to one of the most turbulent presidencies in American history. (Credit Image: © Stefani Reynolds-POOL/CNP via ZUMA Wire)Stefani Reynolds/ZUMA Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.In a letter sent Thursday, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol requested the voluntary cooperation of Ivanka Trump, a notable escalation in the panel’s attempts to interview Donald Trump’s closest allies and family members. The committee cited reports that the former first daughter had pushed the then-president to intervene as his supporters stormed the Capitol. Some of those rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after the vice president refused to comply with...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court handed the House January 6 committee a significant win on Wednesday as it shut down former President Donald Trump's bid to block the release of documents from his White House to committee investigators. The National Archives announced midday on Thursday it was "now in the process of" giving Trump's records to the committee.Supreme Court ruling is a bitter legal and personal blow to Trump The defeat of Trump's legal challenge was resounding, though the Supreme Court left the door open to other efforts to challenge certain committee fact-finding efforts on the basis of executive privilege. But its rejection of Trump's arguments is certain to ripple across the considerations other witnesses are making about whether to cooperate with the probe and what chances their potential legal challenges have to success. And by already speaking to more than 400 witnesses and now getting the hundreds of pages top officials' White House records that were at the heart of the case before the Supreme Court, the committee is likely to be able to fill in key details about what has...
    North Lawn of the White House, Washington, D.C. According to a report from The Guardian published Thursday, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has revealed to investigators on the Jan. 6 Committee that Trump held “secret meetings” at the White House residence in the run-up to the Capitol attack.  The committee has not formally subpoenaed Grisham, indicating that her cooperation was voluntary. She had front row seats at the Trump White House while serving as a White House communications director, press secretary for former First Lady Melania Trump, and later, Melania Trump’s chief of staff. Grisham resigned, effective immediately, on Jan. 6 in the wake of the violent Capitol assault. Her resignation was joined by White House press aide Sarah Matthews. The alleged “secret meetings” were “known only by a small number of aides” and sources told The Guardian that the gatherings were coordinated by Trump’s right hand in the White House, former chief of staff Mark Meadows.  Meadows initially cooperated with the Jan. 6 probe, providing some records and testimony—but he abruptly backtracked and shut down the talks. The committee, in turn, voted to...
    Gerald Herbert/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The House committee investigating January 6 may have just struck gold. In a near-unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday evening rejected former President Trump’s request to block the release of White House records relating to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, meaning that the House committee investigating the day’s events can request the roughly 800 pages of his papers from the National Archives without legal obstacle. The heart of the issue was whether a former president could invoke executive privilege to keep the contents of the documents a secret; Trump attempted to do so, claiming that the House committee’s request for documents was politically motivated. President Biden, however, has not objected to the documents’ release. While the Supreme Court did not issue an explanation for its emergency decision, it seemed to agree that Biden, not Trump, was responsible for deciding whether these materials are covered by executive privilege. Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. “Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution...
    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected, 8-1, a request by former President Donald Trump to stop the release of presidential records pursued by the January 6 Committee, dealing a major blow to Trump’s months-long campaign to keep the records about the Capitol attack away from investigators.  The presidential records are currently housed at the National Archives and Records Administration and with Wednesday’s order from the high court, that means that transmission of the documents to the committee could begin as soon as this evening. The Supreme Court refused to consider Trump’s appeal of two lower court rulings that, ultimately, found the public interest well outweighed Trump’s interest to keep Congress, and America, in the dark.  The only justice to dissent Wednesday was Justice Clarence Thomas.  “Because the Court of Appeals concluded that President Trump’s claims would have failed even if he were the incumbent, his status as a former president necessarily made no difference to the court’s decision…. any discussion of the Court of Appeals concerning President Trump’s status as a former president must therefore be regarded as nonbinding dicta,” the four-page opinion...
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ended Donald Trump’s multiple attempts to block access to documents from his years in the White House, telling the former president, request “denied.” Trump had tried to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from gaining access to those records. The Supreme Court, three of its six conservatives appointed by Trump himself, rejected his demand. “Trump had lost efforts in two lower federal courts to block the panel from getting more than 700 pages of records,” CNBC reports. “He had argued that he had the authority as a former president to invoke executive privilege to prevent disclosure of the records.” The vote reportedly was 8-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas the only one to side with Trump. READ: ‘Something is seriously wrong’: Critics are horrified Trump may run for president again to protect himselfFrom Your Site Articles
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis channeled her inner Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Tuesday in response to being subpoenaed by the House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. “The committee is just mad they can’t date me,” she tweeted. The committee is just mad they can’t date me. — Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) January 19, 2022 Ellis’ tweet mocked Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet when she came under fire after being spotted maskless in Florida last month. “If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet,” she tweeted. If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet. Ya creepy weirdos https://t.co/Z7bZCgXpWJ — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 31, 2021 Ellis, former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, and former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, were all subpoenaed on Monday by the House committee. In a statement, the committee’s chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said: The Select...
    Lawmakers on the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot will get their hands on a handful of documents that Donald Trump has fought to keep hidden as early as Wednesday evening. The Democrat-led panel is expected to receive four pages of documents concerning the Trump White House from the National Archives at 6 p.m. today, according to a court filing.  Only a last-minute Supreme Court injunction could stop their release.  The small set of White House papers is part of some 700 documents the committee has requested from the National Archives, linked to Trump's actions leading up to the Capitol attack on January 6.  'Absent an intervening court order, the Archivist intends to release records from the fourth tranche to the Committee at 6:00 pm tomorrow,' the federal agency wrote  in a letter late Tuesday.  'Because the former President has not obtained such an injunction from any court, the release will proceed as scheduled absent an intervening court order.'  Trump has fought to keep roughly 700 pages of White House documents from the Democrat-led January 6 committee The panel...
    Donald Trump and Mark Meadows. If Donald Trump’s lawyers don’t get quick action from the Supreme Court, the first four pages of White House records relating to Jan. 6 could be turned over to the House select committee on Wednesday evening.  The National Archives has identified four pages that the committee wants and that it says are not included in Trump’s lawsuit to block the release of documents. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in December issued an injunction preventing the Biden administration from turning over three tranches of documents—documents the court said can be given to the House select committee at the president’s discretion, and which President Joe Biden has said he would release—but allowed Trump time to appeal to the Supreme Court. The four pages set to be released on Wednesday at 6 PM ET are not included in those three tranches of documents, though, according to the National Archives, and Trump’s lawyers have not moved to specifically block them. “On December 17, 2021, the Counsel to the President directed the Archivist to withhold those records for an additional thirty days—i.e., through...
    The congressional investigation into the January 6 attack has reportedly obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Trump's sons, Eric Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr.  It represents a fresh escalation into probe as the select committee for the first time targeted a member of Trump's family.   The phone records were subpoenaed from communication companies, multiple sources told CNN.  Earlier the committee issued subpoenas to some of Donald Trump's top lawyers - including Rudy Giuliani - who were central to his unsuccessful attempt to overturn last year's election defeat. The House of Representatives committee demanded that Giuliani, and his assistant Boris Epshteyn, as well as Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis hand over documents and sit for depositions on Feb. 8. Its chairman Bennie Thompson said: 'The four individuals we've subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.' The committee said it was seeking records and testimony from...
     The upcoming hearings on the US Capitol riot will 'blow the roof off the House', Rep. Jamie Raskin has claimed. Speaking with a group of progressive activists on in a Zoom meeting on Thursday, Raskin previewed the hearings that the House of Representatives select committee on the riot plans to televise in the coming months. 'We are going to do everything we can to subpoena all the information we need and to enforce our subpoenas,' he said in the remarks first reported by Yahoo News. 'But even if we don't get every last person in there, we are going to have hearings that I believe will be compared to the Watergate hearings, because they are going to blow the roof off the House in terms of explaining to America what actually happened in the attack on our democracy.' 'I hope everybody will watch and I hope everybody will discuss it and then it will lead to a report that, I hope again, will be a game changer in terms of American history,' Raskin said. Speaking with a group of progressive activists...
    Fact-checkers are pushing back to refute House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) claims about the House Select Committee. According to CNN, Daniel Dale, Annie Grayer, and Tara Subramaniam have highlighted and debunked three critical claims by the Republican lawmaker. 1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Select Committee appointments: McCarthy recently criticized Pelosi for politicizing the committee saying, "Nancy Pelosi decided, for the first time in history by any speaker, to deny the minority to even put their individuals on a committee."" Dale, Grayer, and Subramaniam broke down how this claim is actually misleading. While Pelosi did reject two out of five of McCarthy's proposed committee members, the fact-checkers noted that she did accept three. However, McCarthy is the real reason why his selections were not advanced. "Pelosi did reject two of McCarthy's five proposed committee members, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, on account of concerns about their "statements made and actions taken" -- but she accepted the other three McCarthy picks, and she also gave McCarthy a chance to suggest another two members to replace...
    Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after he had announced he would not cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.The committee had asked McCarthy to voluntarily provide information about topics including his conversations with then-President Donald Trump before, during and after the Capitol riot. On Thursday, McCarthy again criticized the committee at length -- but sometimes did so inaccurately.Here is a fact check of three of his Thursday claims.Pelosi and committee appointmentsCriticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for supposedly playing politics with the committee, McCarthy claimed that "Nancy Pelosi decided, for the first time in history by any speaker, to deny the minority to even put their individuals on a committee." Read MoreFacts First: McCarthy's claim is misleading. Pelosi did reject two of McCarthy's five proposed committee members, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, on account of concerns about their "statements made and actions taken" -- but she accepted the other three McCarthy picks, and she also gave McCarthy a chance to suggest another two members...
    Ben Domenech, co-founder of The Federalist, asked Federalist senior editor and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway to make a few predictions in politics for 2022. Here is what she had to say on the latest episode of "The Ben Domenech Podcast" on Fox News Podcasts. MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: It's an obvious one, and I think everyone is expecting this, but Republicans will have an extremely good November. They will have a massive takeover of the House of Representatives, and they're on pretty good footing in the Senate as well. And that's true, even though there have been a lot of changes to election laws that advantage Democrats and that the recent gerrymandering battles have gone in Democrats' favor. The failure of Democratic uniparty control of D.C. is so profound and so undeniable that Republicans will benefit mightily. BEN DOMENECH: I don't think that that will surprise many people. Do you have a prediction? Do you have anything in particular that you're paying attention to or that you're interested in coming out of this coming year, election-wise — a race potentially or...
    Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney accused House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of 'trying to cover' for himself and for Donald Trump on Wednesday night after he refused to work with the Democrat-led Capitol riot committee. 'I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,' Cheney, the committee's vice chair, told CNN. 'He's clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward, and we'll get to the truth.'  She indicated that forcing McCarthy's cooperation with a subpoena is still among the options on the table for the Select Committee assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's the latest tear in the frayed relationship between McCarthy and Cheney. The latter was once among the California Republican's deputies when she was conference chair, the No. 3 ranked lawmaker in the House GOP.  Cheney was voted out of leadership by her fellow House Republicans in May over her vehement criticism of Trump, and replaced with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.  Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney didn't rule out subpoenaing McCarthy to force his cooperation McCarthy announced on Wednesday...
    Reinforcing the degree to which Republicans do not want the truth about events on Jan. 6 to reach the public, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced he will not cooperate with a request to voluntarily testify before the select committee investigating the assault on the Capitol. In refusing the request, McCarthy becomes the latest in a string of Republican representatives who have made it clear that talking about their role in events leading up to the insurgency is the last thing they want to do. On Wednesday, the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol sent a letter to McCarthy making clear that his testimony is critical to investigation of events that sent Congress scrambling as the Capitol was invaded. McCarthy didn’t just speak with Donald Trump before and after the attempt to prevent the counting of electoral votes, he had a phone conversations with Trump in the midst of the hours-long violence. That conversation reportedly included McCarthy yelling in anger “Who the fuck do you think you are talking to?” after Trump refused...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has recently done some in-depth, comprehensive reporting on far-right MAGA Republicans who, following the 2020 presidential election, tried to pass off “forgeries” as legitimate Electoral College documents in states that now-President Joe Biden won. The fake documents were no more legitimate than their claims that then-President Donald Trump won those states, one of which was Michigan. And copies of the fake documents from Michigan Republicans, according to Michigan’s MLive, have been given to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection. “Sixteen Republicans, including the current co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, signed certificates asserting they were Michigan’s presidential electors and sent the illegitimate documents to the National Archive,” MLive reporter Malachi Barrett explains. “The unofficial documents were part of a failed Republican strategy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in battleground states, which is under new scrutiny from a U.S. House panel and the Michigan Attorney General’s office.” The events that followed the 2020 presidential election were unprecedented in United States history. Never before had Republicans, after...
    (CNN)Members of the far right are already agitating to launch impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden if the GOP is in power in Congress next year. Some leading Republicans want to spotlight former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud. And key House and Senate Republicans are vowing to probe the security failures surrounding last year's January 6 attack on the US Capitol -- and turn the attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.With Republicans on the cusp of taking back the House and Senate, the GOP is plotting an onslaught of investigations into the Biden administration and promising to make the final two years of Biden's first term in office as painful as possible for Democrats in the run-up to 2024. Those headaches could come in the form of subpoenas, the possible creation of select committees and high-profile hearings on issues ranging from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to hearing from the President's son, Hunter.Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said he fully anticipates that Hunter Biden will testify before the...
    The only two Republicans serving on the committee are Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who were both appointed by Pelosi to serve on the panel. Cheney and Kinzinger both voted in favor of impeaching Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
    McCarthy once said Trump was responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Here's his chance to stand up for country over party. Kevin McCarthy once said former President Donald Trump bore responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Now, investigators probing the deadly assault have asked the Republican House leader to take some responsibility of his own and voluntarily cooperate with a probe into the insurrection that Trump incited.  The committee did not subpoena McCarthy. Rather, they asked him to engage with the panel voluntarily for a meeting on Feb. 3 or 4. That offer may seem like an overly generous maneuver and could understandably frustrate watchers of the probe but as Thompson pointed out already this week, the committee is still untangling whether it has the legal ability to subpoena fellow lawmakers under the Constitution.   McCarthy is now the third lawmaker to be called upon in the probe. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania received letters last month. Both have indicated they will not cooperate and hopes are not high that McCarthy will cooperate either given his very...
    (CNN)The committee investigating the deadly Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021, has issued scores of subpoenas to individuals and organizations as part of its probe into circumstances and coordination leading up to the storming of the US Capitol.And the panel has sent letters requesting that others voluntarily appear or provide information.From targeting some of former President Donald Trump's closest allies both in the White House and from the Trump campaign, to key organizers of the rally and events preceding the January 6 attack, the committee has shown a keen interest in deciphering what role Trump and his orbit played in spreading misinformation about the presidential election results and how that misinformation fueled the January 6 attack. Here's a look at the key figures and organizations contacted by the committee:Contacted for voluntary interviewsRead More Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader Jim Jordan, House lawmaker Scott Perry, House lawmaker Sean Hannity, Fox host Close Trump allies subpoenaed1. Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff 2. Daniel Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications3. Kashyap Patel, former...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was conspicuously absent from her post on Fox News Wednesday. According to a report, that might have been because she was speaking with lawmakers on the Jan. 6 House select committee. CNN, after speaking with sources close to the matter, broke the news that McEnany had remotely addressed the committee. The Fox News host, who usually appears daily on Outnumbered, was subpoenaed by the committee in November after she was accused of making false statements by lawmakers about the 2020 election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said at the time that McEnany’s subpoena was part of a broader effort to speak with people close to former President Donald Trump. “The select committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on Jan. 6th and in the days beforehand,” said Thompson. “We need to know precisely what role the former president and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes, and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the...
    Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol asked Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to voluntarily answer questions about former President Donald Trump's actions on the day of the violence. In its request, the House select committee said McCarthy had previously described a 'very heated conversation' with the president as the bloody events unfolded. And it pointed to media reports that he also told other Republicans that Trump had admitted ‘some degree of responsibility’ for the attack. The request seeks information about his conversations with the president 'before, during and after' the riot as lawmakers try to understand Trump's motivations.  The panel has already interviewed about 300 people and issued subpoenas to more than 40 as it seeks to create a comprehensive record of the Jan. 6 attack.  'You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on January 6th,' wrote its chairman Bennie Thompson to McCarthy.  The House Jan 6 committee has asked GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for his cooperation, citing his 'very heated conversation' with President Trump as the violence unfolded...
    The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a voluntary meeting on Tuesday. The committee sent McCarthy a letter which asked him to offer testimony about his conversations with former President Donald Trump leading up to the event. The letter stated: On June 30, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 503, establishing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (the “Select Committee”). The Select Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating thereto. We write to request your voluntary cooperation with our investigation on a range of critical topics, including your conversations with President Trump before, during and after the violent January 6th attack. You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on January 6th. And you summarized your conclusions regarding President Trump’s conduct on January 6th in a speech you made January 13th on the House floor. The letter quoted McCarthy, who a week...
    Washington (CNN)In a letter sent Sunday responding to a request to meet with the House select committee investigating January 6, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio accused the investigation of spreading misinformation "to paint a false and misleading narrative." As part of its effort to examine the role former President Donald Trump and his allies played in the insurrection, the committee has already interviewed more than 300 witnesses but its interview requests to Jordan and other major allies of former President Donald Trump represent a significant step in the investigation. When asked on Monday, Jordan declined to say explicitly that he would not cooperate with the committee but emphasized that "The letter speaks for itself. You read the letter. We put the reasons in there, we put the statements in there that we did because we felt that were important to say." Here are the facts around some of the statements and assertions in Jordan's four-page letter. Jordan's relevancy Read MoreJordan indicated he doesn't plan to cooperate with the committee's request because he has "no relevant information that would assist...
    Forget about his own revealing texts prior to and on Jan. 6, 2021—Sean Hannity thinks the public needs to see House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s. That was what the Fox News host requested of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, should he become speaker of the House after the 2022 midterms. “Will you pledge to have a real Jan. 6 committee?” Hannity asked. “Will you pledge, that if you become speaker, that you will subpoena Nancy Pelosi, Muriel Bowser… the sergeant-at-arms, and the D.C. police chief? And will you subpoena their texts, phone calls, and emails?” McCarthy demurred, saying only that he had requested that those records be preserved. The California congressman then criticized the legitimacy of the House Jan. 6 committee, whining about how Pelosi had rejected the members he had picked to be on it. “Why did the Democrats… pick and choose which Republicans could be on—disallowing, never before in history, individuals that I selected as minority leader?” a dramatic McCarthy asked as part of a series of questions designed to sow doubt about the committee’s findings. Two...
    House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) predicted on Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will retire after the 2022 midterms. As Republicans are likely to retake the House in November, the establishment media and now a member of Pelosi’s leadership team are suspecting Pelosi will retire. “My gut would tell me that this would be her last term,” Yarmuth told the Hill. “I see a lot of people who would be the presumed successors donating a lot of money to their colleagues.” Those rumored to be strongly seeking to lead the Democrat caucus if Pelosi retires are Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC). Less likely members to take the helm are Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). Pelosi, 81, who has come under intense fire from Democrats for her husband’s stock trading practices, is facing a mass exodus of fellow Democrat members who are retiring – 26 in all, not including Pelosi. In total, 26 of the 37 members leaving Congress are Democrats. The Democrats planning to leave Congress speaks to the likelihood House Republicans...
    Hours after informing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy they had been fired, Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey promised the search to replace them “will result in the best possible selections to lead the Bears to success.” McCaskey and President and CEO Ted Phillips spoke with the media for an hour Monday afternoon detailing how they would find the next Bears next general manager and coach. Here are five questions they answered during that session. 1. Who will be involved in the Bears search? While McCaskey said he ultimately will make the decision on the next GM and coach, the Bears assembled a five-person search committee — McCaskey, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, Phillips, vice president of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell and senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Tanesha Wade. Polian, 79, spent 32 years in the NFL and was an executive with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. His teams made the Super Bowl five times, with one win with the Colts against the Bears in the 2006 season....
    Hours after informing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy they had been fired, Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey promised the search to replace them “will result in the best possible selections to lead the Bears to success.” McCaskey and President and CEO Ted Phillips spoke with the media for an hour Monday afternoon detailing how they would find the next Bears next general manager and coach. Here are five questions they answered during that session. Who will be involved in the Bears search? While McCaskey said he ultimately will make the decision on the next GM and coach, the Bears assembled a five-person search committee — McCaskey, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, Phillips, vice president of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell and senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Tanesha Wade. Polian, 79, spent 32 years in the NFL and was an executive with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. His teams made the Super Bowl five times, with one win with the Colts against the Bears in the 2006 season. Among...
                 Weston Wamp, son of former Tennessee Republican Congressman Zach Wamp, is running for mayor of Hamilton County, and he said Monday he is not his father concerning the latter’s views on former U.S. President Donald Trump. This, after The Tennessee Star asked Weston Wamp one question about his father and another question concerning Trump. The Star first asked Weston Wamp whether he will publicly denounce his father’s recent letter supporting Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY At-large District) and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) for their work investigating the events of January 6, 2021. “I am not my father, and I had nothing to do with the letter,” Wamp said, without elaborating. The Star then asked Weston Wamp whether he worries Trump will endorse one of Wamp’s opponents in the Hamilton County primary. “No, because I am the most conservative candidate running for Hamilton County mayor,” Wamp said. Zach Wamp – who served in the House of Representatives for eight terms from 1995-2011 – advises a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Issue One, that, according to its website, “unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Monday declined to say definitively if he has closed the door on cooperating with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection. A top congressional ally of former President Donald Trump, Jordan had penned a defiant letter to committee Chair Bennie Thompson on Sunday indicating that he does not plan on cooperating with the panel. The Ohio Republican wrote that he has "no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose."When pressed Monday by CNN on Capitol Hill about his willingness to cooperate, Jordan declined to say explicitly that he would not cooperate with the committee. "The letter speaks for itself. You read the letter. We put the reasons in there, we put the statements in there that we did because we felt that were important to say," Jordan said.Asked if he would be open to appearing before the committee in a public hearing, Jordan only offered, "We have the letter. You can read my letter; that's our response." Last month, the select committee had asked...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was complying with requests from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack until former President Donald Trump told him to stop, Punchbowl News reported Monday. But Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the committee, told Jordan that he should refer back to his own words during one of the many Benghazi hearings his party held last decade. Speaking to MSNBC's John Heilemann, Raskin quoted from a statement Jordan made about the Benghazi probe "To answer Jim Jordan, I would quote Jim Jordan from the views that he expressed in the final Benghazi report, where he said that all of the truth must come out," said Raskin. "Everybody needs to testify, and nobody's got the right to hide anything from Congress. So, I think he had it right then. Jim Jordan, more than anybody else, knows what dogged, aggressive investigation is about, even when he's on a wild goose chase, he demands all the information he wants, and we're not on that. We are on the central investigative mission certainly of this decade, if...